Yorkshire Carnegie will be looking to secure a Yorkshire Regiment Trophy Grand Slam when they travel to Doncaster Knights on Sunday.
Bryan Redpath’s side won the trophy last season with three wins from their four games against the other two sides in Yorkshire but ultimately finished below Doncaster Knights in the table before going out to Clive Griffith’s men in the play off semi finals.
The Yorkshire Regiment Trophy was introduced at the start of the 2012-13 season when all three Yorkshire sides were competing against each other in the Championship.
The Yorkshire Regiment Trophy was approved by the RFU Championship Clubs Committee as a venture to aid the development of rugby union in the North of England. The Yorkshire Regiment kindly collaborated with the clubs as a means of strengthening the Yorkshire connection.
The six meetings between the three sides each season in the Greene King IPA Championship not only earn vital league points but are also entered into a Yorkshire mini league with the top team being presented with the Yorkshire Regiment Trophy once all the games are completed.
The Yorkshire Regiment has a unique rugby heritage within the Army. This stretches back to the first days of Army Rugby over a hundred years ago through its predecessor regiment, The Duke of Wellington’s Regiment. The ‘Dukes’ were the county regiment of the West Riding whose Regimental training depot, built in 1877, was in Halifax. In those early days the 13-a-side game was played in all the schools of the West Riding and beyond within Yorkshire ensuring a steady stream of talented rugby playing soldiers into the Regiment. This, in turn, attracted officers with rugby flair from across the country and beyond to join the Regiment. Over the years the Regiment’s name became synonymous with rugby within the British Army founded on its exceptional record of winning the Army Cup 14 times – more times than any other Regiment – runners up 8 times, eleven members of the Regiment gaining international honours, three representing the British Lions and over 50 members of the Regiment have represented the British Army many of whom also played for the Combined Services.
Following the formation of the Yorkshire Regiment from the three old county regiments of Yorkshire; The Prince of Wales’s Own, The Green Howards and the ‘Dukes’ in 2006 this heritage continues and is reflected in the Regimen’s recent successes beyond the Army Rugby Cup.
Leeds Carnegie were the inaugural winners in that first season winning three of their four games, only slipping up at Castle Park in a season when Doncaster were ultimately relegated.
The following year, the winners of the Yorkshire Regiment Trophy was decided by an aggregate score over the two games between Leeds Carnegie and Rotherham Titans, with Ryan Burrows lifting the trophy following his side’s win at Abbeydale.
In 2014-15, Lee Blackett’s Rotherham side remain the only side so far to have completed the Grand Slam when it comes to the Yorkshire Regiment Trophy, winning all four games against their county rivals to lift the trophy. That season, Yorkshire Carnegie failed to win a single game against Doncaster or Rotherham.
Results so far this season
10th September 2016: Doncaster Knights 25 Rotherham Titans 13
1st October 2016: Rotherham Titans 21 Yorkshire Carnegie 37
18th November 2016: Yorkshire Carnegie 24 Doncaster Knights 6
26th December 2016: Rotherham Titans 12 Doncaster Knights 23
5th February 2017: Yorkshire Carnegie 56 Rotherham Titans 26
19th March 2017: Doncaster Knights v Yorkshire Carnegie, Castle Park